By Alejandro Freixes, CCNN Head Writer
The Los Angeles Lakers have announced Byron Scott as the 25th head coach in franchise history. The former Lakers guard has been a head coach for the New Jersey Nets, as well as the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets and Cleveland Cavaliers.
“It feels fantastic,” he said. “This is a dream come true. I always wanted to coach the Lakers, especially when I got to coaching. It’s so unreal. I have to thank (Lakers general manager) Mitch (Kupchak). (Lakers president and governor) Jeanie (Buss) and (executive vice president of player personnel) Jim Buss to give me this opportunity.”
The hiring of Scott comes almost 3 months after Mike D’Antoni resigned, and he’s been the frontrunner for a while now. He played 11 of his 14 seasons with the Lakers and has very good relations with Kobe Bryant.
“I really believe that they wanted to do the diligence and to make sure that I was the right guy…I know there were other candidates out there, and I felt like that with each meeting I thought was better and better, and I felt like they had a better understanding of what I was all about,” said Scott. “I thought that the last few hires in their minds, they were a little hasty with, and so on this one, they took their time to make sure I was the right guy for this situation. Again, I think it worked out well for both sides.”
Featured image courtesy of LA Lakers Facebook. Image of Byron Scott courtesy of Erik Drost on Flickr.